Here’s a quick round up of recent cycling films and documentaries that make good stocking fillers for the cycling enthusiast in your life. You should be able to pick most of them up for under a tenner.
The Program. Certificate 15 (2016)
A bio-drama based on the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and how it was revealed by the Sunday Times journalist David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd). The film chronicles Armstrong’s career from fighting cancer, to his racing successes and eventual downfall when his cheating and lying is finally exposed. Ben Foster plays a very convincing Armstrong.
On Yer Bike: A History of Cycling. (2015)
This is a 2 DVD historical collection of British cycling on film. Produced by the British Film Institute it features entertaining short dramas, animations, advertisements, newsreel items, and public information films with clips dating from 1899 to 1983.
Why is the bicycle back in fashion? This documentary film explores this and tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it's birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today. Covering topics like bicycle design, sport and transport it includes interviews with cycling notables such as Chris Hoy, David Brailsford and Gary Fisher. There’s even a sequence of Chris Boardman at Echelon Cycles, Pershore.
Other cycling DVD’s released in the last 4 years include:
Cycling with Moliere. Certificate 15 (2014) French with English subtitles
The Kid With a Bike. Certificate 12 (2012) French with English subtitles
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist. Certificate 15 (2014)
Janapar: Love, on a Bike. Certificate 15 (2013)
Mark Cavendish: Born to Race (2012)
Bicycle Movies Vol 1: The Short Film Collection. (2012)
Bicycle Movies Vol 2: The Last Kilometer/Moon Rider/Severn Deserts. (2014)